Freneau's On Emigration to America Response - Freneaus On the Emigration to America Freneau was born into the wrong place in time he is an anachronism

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Freneau’s “On the Emigration to America” Freneau was born into the wrong place in time; he is an anachronism because of his poetic fervor in a period when few had the time to enjoy the luxuries of the arts. One of Freneau’s biographers has averred that Freneau “failed in almost everything he attempted.” (p. 743). Luckily, Freneau was a “failure” during the latter half of the eighteenth century or the world would be without an excellent poetic expression of the nascent American values and consciousness. Freneau’s “On the Emigration to America and Peopling the Western Country” glorifies America, but avoids excess praise by depicting the salient characteristics of America, which distinguish it from Europe. He utilizes America’s natural assets, religiously-tolerant foundation, and classical, enlightenment ideology to illustrate America’s superiority over Europe, especially Britain, and dedication to the protection of liberty. At the epicenter of America’s superiority and importance is the reign of “Nature’s wildest genius” (p. 743 line 2). Freneau points out the numerous opportunities a land so rich in natural stores presents, even stating that America is the place to “tame the soil, and plant the arts.” (p. 743 line 4). Ostensibly, the vision of America as a strong foundation for the construction of humanity’s utopia has surfaced through the nature metaphors. This is explicitly stated in the
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